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I love all beauteous things
written for the 'Hands of the Craftsman' Festival at St Albans in 1977
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'Howells: Choral Music' (CDH55456)
Howells: Choral Music
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55456  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century' (A66018)
English Cathedral Music of the 20th Century
Buy by post £13.99 (ARCHIVE SERVICE) A66018  Archive Service (LP transfer)   This album is not available for download
Track 6 on CDH55456 [6'32] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 8 on A66018 [6'44] Archive Service (LP transfer)

I love all beauteous things
Howells’s visit to St Albans Abbey was in connection with his commission to write an anthem, I love all beauteous things, for a Festival Service celebrating the Hands of the Craftsman exhibition in St Albans Abbey in 1977. The wonderfully apt poem by Robert Bridges manages both to imply the material things celebrated in the festival exhibition and Howells’s own ‘credo’ quoted at the beginning of these notes. The anthem opens with an extended pedal point with staccato pedal notes which brings to mind other great pedals in Howells’s output such as the last movement of Hymnus Paradisi and, perhaps more closely, the last organ Psalm-Prelude in the First Set which suggests the beating of a heart as the valley of the shadow of death is traversed. But here there is little of that nervousness as he produces a work of such sensuousness that when the three upper voices make their first entry followed almost canonically by the tenors one senses that those repeated pedal notes represent a heart beating a more personal tune.

from notes by Paul Spicer © 2005

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Details for CDA67494 track 6
Recording date
24 June 2004
Recording venue
Wells Cathedral, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Howells: Choral Music (CDA67494)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: June 2005
    Deletion date: April 2011
    Superseded by CDH55456
  2. Howells: Choral Music (CDH55456)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: February 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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